“The alarm bleeped once,” says Michelle Gothan, senior marketing coordinator at the Scottsdale, Ariz.–based firm, “and then there was a message that the hotel was trying to determine the cause of the alarm.” So the group of about 35 board members and company executives continued its meeting, which had begun two days earlier and was scheduled to end that day. But things took a much more serious turn about 10 minutes later, says Gothan, when, from the foyer outside of the meeting room, a ...

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